The Sahara Force India Formula One Team were back in action at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain on Tuesday with Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel of the VJM09.

The German completed 121 laps with a best time of 1m 25.336s ending the day in eighth place overall.

Speaking following his day in the car the Hulk commented by saying:

It was a good day and we were able to get through a big testing plan. We had quite a few different objectives and specific items we wanted to look at, so to be able to do all that was a positive. We continue to build our understanding of the VJM09 and we explore ways to adapt to its behaviour: it’s the usual learning process that takes place when you have a new car and you start developing it for the season. In the afternoon we were able to complete some long runs which were useful to learn about the way the tyres work.

Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez will take over running the car on Wednesday before Hulkenberg gets back in the car for day three of the test on Thursday.

Speaking following the opening day of action, Chief Race Engineer, Tom McCullough commented by saying:

Another routine day of testing with ideal weather conditions for this time of year. The car ran reliably throughout the day and we covered 121 laps. We dedicated the early morning running to aero data correlation and fitted various test sensors to the VJM09. We then moved on to general set-up work and focussed on long run performance and further understanding of the 2016 tyres. Although the temperatures we see in these winter tests are not especially representative, it still gives us a reasonable idea of what we can expect from the early races. We need to analyse most of the tyre data tonight so that we can continue with the programme tomorrow with Sergio.

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